Individuals diagnosed with depression appear to have significantly lower heart rate variability than other people, say Dutch investigators in findings that suggest the association may be due to the effect of antidepressants.
While major depression patients starting treatment will spend three quarters of the next decade in euthymia, the remaining quarter will be spent in subthreshold or threshold depression, Japanese study findings indicate.
Several immigrant groups living in the USA have a decreased risk for developing mood and anxiety disorders relative to the native population, but only if they emigrated at age 13 years or older, study results show.
The presence of depressive mixed state among patients undergoing emergency psychiatric hospitalization is a predictor of bipolar disorder and should be assessed in all patients with depression, say Japanese scientists.
Perceiving mental disorders as "real medical illnesses" reduces stigmatizing attitudes among the general public, as does having had contact with a person suffering from a mental disorder, study results suggest.
Individuals who experience many stressful life events prior to being admitted to hospital for major depression have smaller left hippocampal volumes than their peers who have experienced fewer stressful events, study results show.
Patients with major depressive disorder who have comorbid Cluster A personality disorder experience high stress levels after antidepressant treatment, which may predispose them to a poor outcome, researchers report.